Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Orange County Land Use Plan 2050?
The Orange County Land Use Plan 2050 is the planning process to develop and update Orange County’s long-range policy document. A land use plan is a long-term guide that expresses the values and aspirations of a community. It is the broadest public policy document a community can create for its future physical development considering the input of citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders. It includes a vision statement about the future condition of the County; goals and desired outcomes for each of the plan topics; objectives to measure progress on a goal; and actions to achieve the goal. The plan is a tool to prepare for and manage change. It acts as a guide for decision-makers.
The plan is not a legally binding document, but it can serve as a foundation for budgeting decisions, zoning ordinance updates, infrastructure investments, and more.
Why does Orange County need a land use plan?
This planning process allows us to work together as a community to make our great County an even better place in the future. By planning for our future, we can achieve our County’s vision and mission of providing quality services to our community members at a reasonable cost and planning our growth so that there are abundant opportunities for all. The plan is a common point of reference for elected decisionmakers, the public, development applicants, and County staff.
How can I get involved?
Join your neighbors to help shape the future of the community! Your voice will strengthen the plan. Sign up to receive email updates on the process and to ensure you are first to hear of the opportunities to provide your perspective and insight on the initial public engagement and draft materials.
How long is the planning process?
The process officially kicks off in the fall of 2023 and is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2025.